For over two decades, the NFL has partnered with several entities to create the NFL Experience, an interactive place for fans to visit during the week of the Super Bowl. It includes things for fans of all ages to participate in, making the experience of being at the Super Bowl that much better.
The official site of the NFL Experience describes it as such:
The NFL Experience driven by GMC is the most exciting continuous event surrounding Super Bowl XLVII – pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever.
But in New York/Jersey, the site of Super Bowl XLVIII, the fans will not be able to partake in the event that has become tradition with the sports biggest game.
According to Terry Lefton of the SportsBusinessJournal, the event will not be hosted next year due to the lack of space needed to host such an experience.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports that the league will make up for the loss – sort of.
The NFL Experience will be replaced by the Super Bowl Boulevard, a 10-block stretch of Broadway from 34th to 44th Street. However, the cross streets won’t be shut down. (Good for traffic, bad for creating an uninterrupted 10-block NFL neighborhood.)
It’s unknown at this time what the Super Bowl Boulevard will entail, but I’m sure it will be a smaller-scale type of event where fans can shop and possibly partake in a few interactive games and such. It definitely won’t be the type of experience fans have grown to encounter, but at least they have a backup plan in place.
All signs point to the NFL Experience returning to Super Bowl week in 2015, where the game will be hosted in Phoenix, AZ.
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